Suspected Irish Republican Army (IRA) die-hards killed a Northern Ireland prison officer on Thursday in a gun ambush as he drove to work, the first killing of a prison guard in nearly two decades in the British territory.
Police said a gunman in a passing car shot David Black, 52, several times as he drove on a motorway near Belfast.
Police say they have arrested two suspected IRA militants on suspicion of killing the prison officer.
They say the two men, aged 44 and 31, were arrested yesterday at their homes in Lurgan, a town southwest of Belfast that is a power base for IRA die-hards opposed to Northern Ireland’s peace process.
Politicians and police force chiefs said IRA militants were inevitably to blame and pilloried the various IRA splinter groups still in existence as politically pointless.
“These killers will not succeed in denying the people of Northern Ireland the peaceful, shared future they so desperately want,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said in London.